Here at SHAPE activewear we cross paths with so many leading ladies who are crushing their goals - career, fitness, life...you name it, they're doing it. One of those women is Jacqueline Adan. She has taken her 350 pound weight-loss journey and turned it into so much more! Read on to hear her story.
What made you want to start this weight-loss journey?
It was hard to do daily things like put on shoes or brush my hair. I started wearing a lot of make-up to try to hide who I was and pulled back from friends and family. I was always being made fun of, laughed at or called fat. I had a lot of anger and sadness surrounding why I allowed myself to get this way, but once I acknowledged I had a problem, everything started to shift.
How did that switch for you?
I was at Disneyland, my favorite place, and got stuck in the turnstile as we were walking into the park. I was mortified! Right there, I realized it needed to stop. The next morning, I stepped on the scale and it read over 500 lbs. That number was so high I immediately hopped off and thought there is no way I can do this. It was an empowering moment to think "I can't do it" and automatically switch that thought to "I have to , I am going to."
What steps did you start to take?
I never deprived myself of anything. I knew I needed to make lifestyle changes that would be long term. If friends wanted to go to dinner, I would suggest we grab a coffee and go for a walk instead or I would bring my own food.
Where did you find your motivation?
I set small goals and then broke them down even more to focus on 'today'. I would tell myself to do everything I can for that day. I would go to bed at night knowing that I did the best I could.
Once I would complete these small goals, I would treat myself to non-food related rewards like buying new leggings, new shoes or getting my hair done. When you reach those small goals you feel accomplished to keep going. It’s a journey, not a destination. There is no finish line when living a healthy lifestyle.
How do you fuel your confidence?
Before starting out, I thought losing weight would make me happy, that I would love my life. On my journey, I realized losing weight wouldn’t make me happy, but that I loved myself enough to lose the weight and live the life I want.
How have you overcome failure in the past?
There would be times when I would go off plan and be upset or angry with myself. The thing that helped me most was knowing you can’t change the past. You are only in control of right now and moving forward.
What’s the best advice you’ve received from a mentor?
Tough love. One time I was working out with my trainer and he wanted me to do box jumps on the tallest box. I kept telling him that I couldn't do it. He kept pushing me to try. Finally, I did it and all he said was that he knew I could.
When do you feel most empowered?
Ever since starting my journey, others have reached out saying "you inspired me to go to the gym", or "I went to the gym because of you and I haven't been in 5 years". When people send me notes sharing their accomplishments, I realize that sharing my story and putting myself out there has helped others.
What do you do to unwind?
I go shopping! Window shopping doesn’t hurt anyone, right? I also find new paths/trails and go for walks, while rocking out to Taylor Swift.
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